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Cultural Relations: Theatre

In Germany, contemporary Canadian theatre is usually associated with the artistic work of Robert Lepage, Denis Marleau and Gilles Maheu or the companies Les Deux Mondes, Ex-Machina, Carbonne 14 and Théâtre UBU. They have all taken part in major German theatre festivals.

A long-time collaborator of Robert Lepage, actress Marie Brassard created her own distinctive profile and now works as an independent theatre director, actress and author. Jacob Wren is a regular guest director when it comes to new forms of drama. German theatres also host the works of Canadian playwrights such as Marc Michel Bouchard, Normand Chaurette, Daniel Danis, Wajdi Mouawad, Morris Panych, Danielle Thibault, Michel Tremblay and George F. Walker.

Ruhrtriennale 2012: Playing Cards. Foto: ErickLabbe.A leading figure is Robert Lepage, probably the best-known Canadian stage director in Germany. Born in Québec in 1957, Lepage is a multidisciplinary artist who radically questions traditional forms of theatre by integrating new technologies. He directed the Cirque du Soleil shows (2005) and TOTEM (2010). To mark the 400th anniversary of the city of Québec in 2008, Lepage and his company Ex Machina created the world’s largest ever architectural projection, The Image Mill™. With the Ex Machina production Playing Cards 1: SPADES, Robert Lepage participated in the Ruhrtriennale festival for the first time in 2012.



Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des Arts du Canada

The Theatre Section of the Canada Council for the Arts supports the creation, production and dissemination of professional theatre, and respects diversity of practices, cultures and company mandates. This support helps ensure the presence and advancement of Canadian professional artists at home and abroad.

Information about dance and theatre in Germany is provided by the Goethe-Institute.


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